Primary Industries' Earthquake Relief Fund for the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough Districts

About the Earthquake Relief Fund

Government announced $4 million for an Earthquake Relief Fund for primary industries for uninsurable infrastructure repair as a result of the 14 November 2016 earthquake affecting the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough Districts.

Who can apply?

The fund is to assist rural people whose principal income comes from a primary industry which is either well-established or in the developmental stage.

The funding may only be allocated in the form of a grant to help pay for costs associated with:

  • Restoring uninsurable primary sector infrastructure
  • Re-establishing uninsurable pasture (on cultivatable land only), crops, and forestry
  • Initial clean-up of silt and debris (where uninsurable)

This could include: on-farm access roads, tracks, races, bridges without sides, dams and reservoirs, as these are generally uninsurable.

  • Priority will be given to essential repairs to continue farming, such as roadside boundary fencing; boundary fencing; access tracks and stock water supplies.
  • Any grant will be a contribution towards repairs, up to a maximum of 50% of the cost.
  • The damage must exceed $12,000 for total you to be considered for assistance.
  • An excess of $5000 will be deducted from the 50% that is eligible for funding. The amount awarded may be adjusted if eligible funding requests exceed the $4million available.
  • The maximum any one entity could receive from the Fund is $50,000.
  • Funding may be available where the cost of repairs (e.g. to fences, water reticulation) exceeds the limited cover provided by insurance. Applicants will need to deduct any insured amount that can be claimed from insurers.
  • Funding is not available for repairs that can be insured, but were not.

How do I know whether to do repairs or not?

  • Don't wait for the Earthquake Relief Fund to make essential repairs. Contact EQC for your dwelling, and your insurer as soon as possible. Document, photograph and keep receipts for work carried out.
  • Due to the large amount of damage caused by the 7.8 earthquake, the total repair costs will be greater than the $4 million available. People are advised to make repairs that they can afford, rather than have expectations that they will definitely receive a grant.
  • You don’t have to have repairs completed before applying for a grant.

What is primary industry?

“Primary industry” for this purpose includes the primary production of meat, wool, or dairy products, arable farming, aquaculture, horticulture, viticulture, forestry, sharemilking, an orchard, apiculture, herb or flower growing, a market garden, poultry farming, and fishing (including paua, crayfish, finfish) but does not include hobby farming (such as lifestyle blocks).

For more information or help with questions please contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

How to apply

Keep or gather any evidence or information you have about the cost of repairs, and that they are uninsurable.

Fill in the application form and either print and post or email by 28 February 2017 to: 


Post: PI Earthquake Relief Fund, Marlborough District Council 
15 Seymour Street PO Box 443, Blenheim 7240

Keep or gather any evidence or information you have about the cost of repairs, and that they are uninsurable.

Where can I get help with my application?

If you do not know if your repairs are insured or not, you will need to talk to your insurer and EQC.

If you have any questions please check the FAQs, and you can contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP).


When will I find out if I am successful?

Decisions will be made by 31 March and you will be advised of the outcome of your application shortly after.

Where can I get assistance if I don’t qualify for a grant?

Support and assistance is available from several different sources, which you can find out about here.

Other forms of assistance include: